The Greyhound Derby is into the second round and Darrell Williams pinpoints the best bets from tonight's Towcester card, which is live on RPGTV on Sky channel 431...
"More speculative is Truth Matters in a very winnable sixth heat (20:52). Laurence Tuffin’s runner was written off in early markets for this race but is fancied to lead, or at worst sit very handy, and looks ripe for the upset"
For the second time in as many races Black Farren produced the 'wow factor' when pouncing late to claim what appeared for the vast majority of the contest an unlikely first round victory. In the wars early on after first bend trouble, he displayed gritty determination to get to the front just two weeks after a similar gutsy effort in the Trainers Championship and must be backed tonight in heat 3 (20:03). Middle-favouring Lenson Blinder, a smart first round winner and improving sort himself, is a potential hazard drawn inside but the Irish and Scottish Derby finalist is streetwise enough to deal with any early scrimmaging and rates a solid bet.
Bullet can outgun Brandy
Kennelmate Bruisers Bullet, also part of a strong Mark Wallis team, takes on hitherto unbeaten Rising Brandy in potentially the race of the night in heat six (20:21) but is confidently fancied to come out on top. Brandy earned rave reviews for toppling Dorotas Wildcat in one of the best buckles seen for some considerable time last week but despite an unlikely reverse last week the selection, better drawn here, will take plenty of halting if securing an expected first run. Anything close to his clock-shaking win here three weeks ago is likely to ask too many questions of his highly-regarded market rival.
Bale a banker to score
For those not to fussed about odds Magical Bale, one of our surviving 'four to follow' selections, is a must in heat seven (20:36) after another big display from the Puppy Derby winner in a first round rout. Ideally berthed outside slow going Calico Brandy Kev Hutton's highly likeable sort can secure first run on pacey rival Bubbly Turbo which should be enough to bag the spoils.
Truth is Matters is over-priced
Far more speculative is Truth Matters in a very winnable sixth heat (20:52). Laurence Tuffin's runner was written off in early markets for this race but is fancied to lead, or at worst sit very handy, and looks ripe for the upset after showing up well behind Drive On Tipp in the first round. Win and place options are both worth exploring.
Bubbly Bluebird provided us with a tasty winner on Saturday but while he should go well again in heat seven (21:07) I much prefer the claims of Bombers Bullet, another Wallis contender who could go deep in the competition. He appears to have come right just at the right time and is effective from both on the front as he stylishly showed last week or from further back. Any odds-against should be hoovered up.
Borna Gin and Murrys Act are hard to look past in the first heat (19:32) although deciding between them is hardly straight-forward and a reverse forecast might prove the safest option.
Jack may not last home
Whoops Jack will be a popular pick in heat two (19:48) but while he is slated to repeat last week's all-the-way effort I have my doubts he can get home for a second successive week. While I fancy in-form Drive On Tipp could prove the beneficiary, a lay of the favourite may prove the safest option.
Sporting Dave's draw outside rails seeking Danzey Exception makes him the most likely winner of the final heat (21:23)